Kangirsujuaq 2018 Kite ski championship





Kangiqsujuaq 2018 Kite ski Championship

This year again two of the best Nunavik Kite skiers reached podium top stairs.  Former 2nd place (2016) Quppa George Pinguatuk from Salluit came first before 2013-2016 Champion Tommy Tuniq from Kangirsujuaq who finished second. Tommy Sallualuk from Puvirniyuk first time on the podium took third place.  Age does not matter in Paraski as Lukasi Tukirqi (55) showed taking the 6th place while participating to only one out of the 2 days tournament. 

This year again Nathalie Echalook proved that, in this sport, girls could challenge the boys anytime. It was her 4th participation to the championship. Nathalie was also a strong supporter of the 2018 edition. 





Under sunny skies and favourable winds, 10 kite-skiers aged between 13 and 56 y/o gathered on the sea-ice in front Kangiqsujuaq where Hudson Strait and Ungava bay meets. Riders represented communities from Salluit, Quaqtaq, Puvirnituq, Inukjuaq and Kangiqsujuaq.

Kangiqsujuaq bay is a great spot, Winds are usually excellent. The bay is easily accessible, only few ice ridge so you can ride close to shore. But you can also escape for few 100 km. Kangiqsujuaq is a community that loves the kite ski for its essence and colourful energetic spirit flying over the bay that is synonymous of spring and happiness.  Home of many excellent riders & champions, Kangiqsujuaq is also a place where I can count on many local supporters to organize quickly and securely such an event has been the host of 3 previous championships (2012, 13, 15)

Race conditions 

The bay was in an exceptional condition with one foot of snow. Early April, we were in the perfect time window to experience great wind.  Wind direction and strength enabled us to have a starting line close to shore,  in front of the community making it a colourful event for the whole town to enjoy. Since this was exceptionally a 2 days event, the strong winds keep up on the bay for great races, and we did not have the chance to go downhill skiing.  we managed to hold 7 races; triangle courses, and long distance. Great wind & excellent snow conditions enabled to make courses technical and the distances physically challenging for participants. For the race, we had the local kite ski shack accessible 50 feet from the road.  easily accessible, with a shack to store the equipment and riders to change, and a lodging area in a camp style environment with large kitchen, meeting & storage room for all participants. 

Congratulation to all participants! 



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